May 5 – 9, 2015
Back by popular demand, Onishi Project is thrilled to announce an encore solo show of Japanese artist Hideto Imai. Imai uses oil paint in primary colors to draw bold shapes on his paper canvas. Imai continues to recognize the significance of everyday routines, such as acquiring food and material things, and he responds to commodity chains and economic structures that drain human beings of a sense of value or responsibility.
Imai writes in his artist statement, “I express the importance of relation. I research the essence of life from the side of perception.” By painting bold forms that evoke commercial goods and yet are also abstract enough to draw the viewer into worlds of imagination, Imai reminds us of the relationships we have and of the relationships we do not realize we have with the materials that surround us.
Hideto Imai was born in 1968 in Japan’s Mie Pre¬fec¬ture and has exhib¬ited exten¬sively in Japan, New York and Rome.